We all heard the scandalous allegations, which were subsequently backed up with hard cold facts, regarding the latest and greatest kid on the block: Simply Slim!
It contained illegal schedule 5 drugs, caused the nastiest side effects, and eventually (thank the diet gods) it was pulled from our shelves. According to News24, one woman became violent and had chronic chest problems. The side effects of abusing Sibutramine, include heart attacks and strokes. And simply slim could contain up to double the maximum recommended dosage for obese patients according to the Beeld. Strangely, quite a few people, none of whom had shares in the company as far as I could tell, were in fact distraught that their favorite slimming pill was no longer! Apparently a few of us don't mind near death if we can fit into the LBD (Little Black Dress). One lady admits to having feelings of dry mouth and lightheadedness, but she didn't mind this –
Now that the new product is out and about on shelves, the old customers are less than happy! Apparently it does nothing to aid in weightloss, and one poor customer claims to have put on 4 kilos!
It would appear that as usual, if something seems to good to be true, it usually is. How does one protect oneself from such unscrupulous companies? You certainly can't be expected to do clinical tests yourself, and unfortunately the MCC will also not do it for you. In my experience, it takes a little sensibility on your part. When next you think of buying a diet pill, ask what the side effects are, WHY those side effects are there, and then monitor yourself on it. If you experience anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, then stop. If the sales person or company manufacturing the product cannot satisfactorily answer your questions, don't use the product. And no matter what anybody says, losing copious amounts of weight in a short period of time without the aid of a qualified physician, is NOT safe.
South Africa's Favourite Schedule 5 Drug Recalled
How refreshing it is to find out that one company actually cares about its customers. Now, before you read any further, let me warn you that I am erring heavily on the side of belief in the good of human kind, and am fully aware that I am probably sadly mistaken in this regard. But in a world of deep, dense darkness and greed, I am sure you will allow this old soul a walk on the kind side of life for a change. What in heaven's name am I referring to? The recent voluntary pull of Reductil by Abbot as seen in their press release on BizCommunity.
When last have you heard of a company doing such a thing? Especially from so large a firm such as Abbot. Now I know, the decision probable has varied fiscal reasoning, but I like to think that perhaps the latest studies on Sibutramine (the schedule 5 drug that was found in such high quantities in the apparently natural weightloss supplement Simply Slim) which prove it to be unsafe, were the leading cause for the move.
In its press release cited above, Abbots urged obese patients currently on Reductil, to return to their doctors and seek an alternative as soon as possible, and those who wish to stop their current use of the drug before seeing their consulting physician may do so.
What I found interesting is that yes, we knew the risks of Sibutramine in patients with heart problems. And the product was only ever prescribed to obese patients without any underlying heart problems that were noticeable. Yet the the company at the urging of the MCC to check their product, has decided in all fairness to rather pull their product despite having made their customers aware of the dangers and side-effects.
Perhaps there is a corporate giant who truly cares. And maybe tomorrow I will win that flight on the Miller private jet. Sigh... we can but dream. In the meantime: "good on ya" Abbot. May all big corporate's take a page out of your book!
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